"But...how will I find the time to pet tigers between my workweek conference calls?" you might be wondering. And if so: you won't like me.
Here's to snuggling on Tuesdays after the commute.
Spending entirely too many hours in my home.
Talking to a lot of general contractors.
Being unconventional. (There are those who try, and then there's me.)
Pull-ups, for some odd reason. (Can't touch my toes, though.)
Long before that, you'll probably note the pauses between answering questions. I think before I speak.
I read somewhere that what you say only makes up a tiny fraction of communication? Except for me, the words coming out of my mouth are 100% of how I try to get a point across. (I'd take a class, if they taught it...)
I can go through a pile of bad flicks in the time it takes to read one sub-par novel. And I'm all about efficiency. So, despite a freakish literary comprehension, I seldom read for pure pleasure. When I do...
- Coupland has been consistently weird and funny for twenty years. And he writes exceptional dialogue.
- Palahniuk is hit and miss. But his prose is infectiously poetic.
- Hemingway was great with structure and grand themes.
- Rand wrote one decent book, with a solid thesis (but cartoonishly romanticized characters).
- Someone convinced me to check out Franzen recently. I think his social commentary distracts from the narrative, but our personal sensibilities are parallel.
I like words, ideas, and nuanced complexities.
- anything by the Nolans, the Coens, or Kaufman
- I Heart Huckabees
- Me and You and Everyone We Know
Mostly "high brow" sit-coms and home renovation shows.
- I actually watched Arrested Development when it was ON. Street cred.
- Peep Show
- The Thick of It
- Neon Genesis: Evangelion
- Holmes on Homes
- Income Property
(Podcasts are "shows," too, right?)
- Real Time (this is what you do when you don't have HBO, folks)
- Stop Podcasting Yourself (where half the joke is placing the references)
- Adam Carolla
I'm the type who listens to music with his eyes closed wearing obscenely expensive earbuds.
Sure, there's nostalgia. It will go unmentioned.
Then there's the alt-rock I stumbled into while developing my ear as a teen.
- Tori Amos
- Sunny Day Real Estate
- Rage Against the Machine
After that, I settled into hip-hop. My preferences have taken divergent paths:
British formalism (which eventually progressed from trip-hop to ambient):
- Cinematic Orchestra
- Tim Hecker
Abstract lyricism. It doesn't have to be underground. But the words are the music.
- MF DOOM
(a lot of local talent as well, actually)
Took me a string of painful years to diagnose that dairy is poison to my body.
2) A plan.
3) A contingency.
4) A willingness to fail.
5) An awareness of when I'm wrong.
6) The openmindedness to adapt.
I also spend inordinate amounts of time trying to cogently articulate feelings and/or states of mind in ways that rhyme.
Bonus points if you work in math, science, or books: someone who finds research satisfying.